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hammerheadweds 10-04-2012 08:10 PM

Soft Top Year Round?
 
Does anyone here in Washington run their soft top year round? Is it any different temperature wise than the hardtop? I live in Spokane for 7 months out of the year including the whole winter and I'm only able to bring one top when I come down. This year I have my hardtop on but I'm thinking next year maybe I'll just leave my soft top on. Thoughts?

YJ Jeep Freak 10-04-2012 11:44 PM

I don't leave my soft top on for winter because of the fear of what I have seen happen to others. If they leave snow on without clearing for a couple days, it can stretch the top really bad. I have seen it happen in less then a day when it is a wet heavy snow. I have seen some come back after sitting in the sun on a hot day, but I have seen seen some that were permanent.

nwbronco 10-05-2012 01:06 PM

Mine came soft top only. Run it year round. First one lasted about 4 years. Replaced it last year. I am in Olympia, WA. Probably see more rain and less snow than you.

Bob K.

trail-n YJ 10-05-2012 02:41 PM

i have lived in washington for a bit but i had moved to ohio and the snow in some parts got nasty but i ran my soft top all year. as far as heating goes just go and warm her up a bit while you eat breakfast or something lol. its better for the motor as well if you do that so you dont just start driving when you start it cause it could damage the block changing radpid temps like that, then agian has to be super super cold out but still..... sorry kinda went off TOPic :rofl:

Mitchness 10-05-2012 03:13 PM

I've lived in Spokane for 11 years. Owned a Jeep for 6 of 'em. Have run a soft top from day one. Never been a problem.

hammerheadweds 10-05-2012 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by YJ Jeep Freak (Post 2863314)
I don't leave my soft top on for winter because of the fear of what I have seen happen to others. If they leave snow on without clearing for a couple days, it can stretch the top really bad. I have seen it happen in less then a day when it is a wet heavy snow. I have seen some come back after sitting in the sun on a hot day, but I have seen seen some that were permanent.

I didn't even think about the snow. That may be a problem, I have to leave my vehicle uncovered sometimes for several days at a time when we go on road trips

Tippittrg 10-06-2012 02:07 PM

I only have the soft top and haven't had any issues. The trick is to actually clean the snow off the top. I find it easiest to drive down the road and punch the top a few times which knock most of the snow off.

Mitchness 10-06-2012 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tippittrg (Post 2865775)
I find it easiest to drive down the road and punch the top a few times which knock most of the snow off.

This! ^^^

fltopp1 10-06-2012 03:11 PM

i USE TO USE MY SOFT TOP ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I WAS LAZY AND DIDNT WANT TO HAVE TO LIFT THE HARDTOP UP TO PUT IT ON, BUT AFTER A NICE COLD WINTER, THE PLASTIC WINDOWS BECAME BRITTLE/HARD AND BROKE.

YJ Jeep Freak 10-06-2012 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hammerheadweds

I didn't even think about the snow. That may be a problem, I have to leave my vehicle uncovered sometimes for several days at a time when we go on road trips

If you cant keep it cleaned off for several days, there is an extra brace that they sell in some of the Jeep catalogs. I remember my dad and his CJ back in the sixties would just brace the top with wood in the spots that would start to puddle when the snow would get heavy and he was leaving it parked for a while. If you can keep it cleared or have someone do it for you, the soft top will be fine. Just don't use an ice scraper on plastic windows and warm it up.


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